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This information comes from the listings of Non-Prefixed and Non-Suffixed aircraft reviewed by me in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum, Washington, DC.

A photo of NX6197 ca. 1930 is available at this link. Search that site for image #79-078-0049.
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Registration Number NX6197

No Sales Record

This aircraft is a Swallow G-29 S/N G-302 (ATC #51, issued July 1928), sometimes called the Whirlwind Swallow or J5 Swallow. It was manufactured in 1928 (exact date not given) by the Swallow Airplane Company, Wichita, KS. It left the factory with a 200 HP Wright J-5 engine, S/N B-8152. The manufacturer requested an “NX” registration.

The J5 Swallow was about the same as other Swallows, except for the installation of the 9-cylinder Wright engine and other modifications made necessary to support the large engine. A sister ship, NC6097, not entered in the Register is pictured in Juptner, v.1, p.135.

We see NX6197 in Tucson twice, both times piloted by M.D. Kirkpatrick. On 9/8/1928, inbound from El Paso headed for Los Angeles, he was carrying passenger H.E. Odell. Ten days later on 9/18/1928 he carried passenger Bill Long inbound from Los Angeles headed for Wichita. There is nothing in the record to indicate why these flights were made, or why they spent 10 days in California. Demonstration, maybe?

The NASM record shows no sale of this airplane to any other private owner. Its final disposition was, “destroyed in [Wichita, KS] tornado 6/3/29 not to be rebuilt.” The NX registration was cancelled 6/28/29.


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